In a much-anticipated pitching matchup, Taylor Jungmann outdueled top Mariners prospect Tiajuan Walker (L, 3-3) and the Stars offense hit three roundtrippers en route to a 6-2 victory on Thursday night at Joe Davis Stadium.
The Stars got the scoring started on Walker early in the first inning. To begin the rally, Walker gave up a one-out single to shortstop Ozzie Chavez and then walked right fielder Kentrail Davis. One batter later, first basemen Jason Rogers drove both of them in with a two-run double that gave the Stars a 2-0 lead.
After the Generals offense got a run back off of Jungmann in the top of the fourth with a RBI single from first basemen Leury Bonilla, Huntsville tacked on two runs in the bottom half of the frame as centerfielder Rene Tosoni launched a two-run homer off of Walker well over the right-field wall to make the score 4-1. For Tosoni, the homer was his first of the season and also gave up six runs batted in during his last five games.
Fortunately for the Stars, that offense was plenty for Jungmann. The Brewers second ranked prospect (per MLB.com) cruised during his first start since being activated on the disabled list. The 23-year-old righty gave up just one run and four hits in six innings while striking out two batters to improve to 2-4 on the year.
In addition to Jungmann, Stars lefty Alan Williams earned the rare three-inning save, giving up two hits and one run while striking out six batters in the final three frames. Williams struck out the side in the ninth to notch his first save of the year.
Offensively speaking, the Stars tacked on their final two insurance runs in the eighth inning, with Generals reliever Moises Hernandez in the ballgame. The older brother of Mariners ace Felix Hernandez served up solo homers to both Rogers and right fielder Brock Kjeldgaard in the span of three batters to put the Stars up 6-2.
Rogers, Kjledgaard and Chavez paced the Stars at the plate with two hits apiece.
For Huntsville, the three homers for in the ballgame was tied for the most in a single game for them this season.
The win for the Stars was also their second straight, marking the first time they have won consecutive games at Joe Davis Stadium this season.
The Stars will try to continue their winning ways against the Generals as the two teams will play game four of their five-game series at Joe Davis Stadium on Friday. Huntsville will send RHP Andy Moye (1-3, 4.76 ERA) to the bump to square off against Jackson RHP Brett Shankin (1-1, 3.43 ERA). First pitch is at 6:43 PM.
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